Does this mean an end to the Whale Wars?
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the anti-whaling group that has been harassing the fleet for seven years in an effort to prevent the killing of whales under the guise of research, said this about the interesting development Wednesday in the Whale Wars:
The turnabout could mean one of two things. First, they may be on a great circle route back to Japan, or second, they may be returning to the whaling grounds in the Ross Sea where the three Japanese harpoon vessels may be waiting to continue their illegal slaughter.
Reports from Japan that the Japanese Fisheries Agency has suspended the hunt have not specified how long this suspension will last. It could be permanent, for the season, for two weeks, or only a few days. The three Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin, Bob Barker, and Gojira will remain in the Southern Ocean until the whaling vessels depart.
“The Japanese Fisheries Agency had no choice but to suspend whaling operations. Sea Shepherd had already enforced a suspension of operations by blocking all whaling operations since February 9th and blocking 75% of all whaling operations for the month of January,” said Captain Paul Watson “We will not allow the Japanese whalers to kill another whale down here in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.”For those who follow the exploits of Sea Shepherd by watching "Whale Wars," the popular weekly reality TV series on Animal Planet, this might be the biggest question:
Did Sea Shepherd collect enough video footage to last a full season of "Whale Wars"? The fourth season is scheduled to kick off in June.
Follow Outdoors720 on Twitter at @outdoors720
Subscribe to Outdoors 720 by email
Other interesting posts on Outdoors 720:
WikiLeaks: 'Whale Wars' and Sea Shepherd face new battle
Whale Wars: Godzilla joins fight against Japanese whalers
UFO blamed for 2,000 dead fish in Colombia
Man gets sentenced to life without ... fishing?